This project was the winner of the LabexMEd’s Amorce-ATRI call for tenders in 2017.

It proposes to carry out a collective reflection on traditional hydraulic systems for harvesting rainwater in the Mediterranean basin, one of the regions where the population is most affected by climate change and where natural water resources are lacking (no river, few springs).

The project aims to study, with a diachronic and interdisciplinary approach, the resilience of the population around this basin in a context of aridification. Our project focuses on “rain-dependent” regions and populations.

From Morocco, Tunisia and Jordan, we will focus on :

  • The diversity of devices, both tangible and intangible, that societies have put in place throughout their history to cope with drought: Rainwater harvesting facilities, the sacred investments of these facilities and popular beliefs related to the environment (language, religion).
  • Socio-economic construction around hydraulic developments, delimitation of territories, access and exploitation regulations
  • Conflicts and political issues related to popular hydraulic structures.
  • Organization of a round table on the theme of: Rainwater Domestication in the Mediterranean and Societal Implications
  • please visit this research notebook to read about the work related to the project:
Mohamed Laaouane,
LAGEA-DD (Morroco)
Nikos Papadopoulos,
Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (Crete)
 Alfonso Campisi
(Université de la Manouba [Tunisie])
Thierry RUF
Gouvernance, Risque, Environnement, Développement (IRD-Maroc)
Gianluca Cantoro
Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (Crete)
Kamal Mellakh,
Université Hassan II de Casablanca (Maroc)